Thursday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Martin O’Neill will again wait until an hour before kick off before revealing his team for the Republic of Ireland’s inaugural Nations League game with Wales.

Conor Hourihane and Preston’s Callum Robinson are both likely to start in Cardiff.


Kick off at the Cardiff City Stadium is at 7.45.

Captain Seamus Coleman has been outlining what kind of game he’s expecting.

The current and previous world champions meet in their Nations League group tonight.

The Allianz Arena in Munich plays host to Germany and France.

Manchester City have completed the signing of Shamrock Rovers’ teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

The 16-year old has cost City 420-thousand pounds – a record for a non-professional Irish player.

Bazunu only broke into the Rovers first team in June, but has since put in a string of performances beyond his years.

It’s not known when Bazunu will link up with City, as he’s previously made it known he wants to complete his Leaving Cert.


GOLF

Rory McIlroy begins the BMW Championship later in need of a good week.

He’s currently 24th in the FedEx Cup rankings, with only the top 30 qualifying for the season-ending Tour Championship.

McIlroy tees off around now.

The tournament also marks a final chance for American golfers to impress Jim Furyk – he’ll name his final wildcard pick at the end of the week.

Paul Dunne carded five birdies today, but just as many bogeys means he’s level par playing the final hole of his opening round at the Omega European Masters.

Max Kieffer is the man who leads at Crans-sur-Sierre.

The German shot an opening round of 64 to sit at the top of the leaderboard on 6-under par.

Kieffer’s a shot clear of a group of three that includes England’s Andy Sullivan, and Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen.


CYCLING

Jesus Herrada is the new leader of the Vuelte Espana.

The Cofidis rider finished 2-minutes 33-seconds down on the winner of today’s 12th stage – Alexandre Geniez of A-G-2-R.

Herrada now holds a 3-minute 22-second advantage over previous leader Simon Yates.

Nicolas Roche was another to lose ground today – dropping to 34th on general classification and 17-minutes down on Herrada.